Laskey looks solid

Fullback/linebacker Zach Laskey of Starrs Mill high school in Fayetteville, Ga is already getting attention from multiple FBS programs. Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Navy, Alabama, Pitt, N.C. State and others are showing interest in the outstanding student athlete.

Zach Laskey ran from 810 yards and 9 touchdowns while averaging an impressive 6.57 yards per carry. He has solid 4.5 forty-speed and good size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Laskey can catch too, as evidenced by his over 200 receiving yards as a junior.

Laskey says that his work ethic is what makes him a solid player. He literally trains all the time, "I'm working during school, after school. I probably work out about 10 times a week. I'm always trying to get better."

When asked what he is looking for in a school, Laskey replied, "good academics, good exposure, good coaching and good campus." Several of the programs that are in contact with Laskey could meet those requirements.

Vanderbilt assistant coach Des Kitchings has been in contact with Laskey. Laskey visited Vanderbilt for their Junior Day event about a month ago, "It was really nice. I really liked their campus," said Laskey of the visit. The talented rising senior said he was told that the VU staff had narrowed down their recruiting list to a top 5 for each position and now, "they want us to come out so they can evaluate us on the field." He says he thinks Vanderbilt is looking at him as a running back but he told the VU staff that he could also play linebacker for them as well.

Laskey, who has solid 3.3 GPA, has also been hearing from Navy. Recently a Navy assistant stopped by his school and gave him some questionnaires to fill out. He also spoke with Laskey about Navy's campus. "I just want to play football at the next level, if I have to play at Navy that would be great," commented Laskey. Laskey believes the Midshipmen staff is interested in him playing fullback in Annapolis.

Laskey likes the close proximity of Georgia Tech. He's already signed up to participate in the Yellow Jacket's camp. He's also considering camping at Kentucky.

One program that might have an inside track in getting Laskey, if they offer, is South Carolina. During football season Laskey has attended a South Carolina bowl practice and he recently watched their spring game. He says USC has sent him a lot of material.

When asked which program he felt might be the closest to offering him, Laskey replied that he thought the Kentucky staff might be the first offer. He is also hearing from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Wake Forest, Wofford and Furman.

Laskey, who earned All-County and All-Region honors as a junior, would name no favorites. For now he'll be working hard to prepare for Starrs Mill's 2010 season. Spring practice starts today and the Panthers return the majority of their starters to a team that made the state playoffs last year.

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